In August 1980, Kenya arrested a US sailor for murder. He had killed a lady of the night called Monica Njeri in a drunken brawl. Even though he confessed to the murder in court, he was let off with a fine and a bond to keep the peace. 32 years later, he killed three more women.
On the morning of Valentines Day 2012, Careen Chepchumba’s brother accessed her apartment at Santonia Court, off Kirichwa Road. She had been incommunicado since February 12th. In the bedroom, he saw her in bed, tidily covered with a bed sheet. There was music playing from a laptop placed on the bedside table. Nothing looked amiss. Except that Careen had been dead for 18 hours.
In the year since Imperial Bank, a mid-sized Kenyan bank, collapsed, investigators have found multiple threads. The main one revolves around a thriving parallel banking system that didn’t end until weeks after its main player died.
In his personal projects, Osborne Macharia tells stories and sees beauty where most wouldn’t. With Mengo, his latest project, he reimagines a minority group in the most badass of ways. Continue reading…